The first time I saw Nina she came for a job interview
firm I worked in. I was walking down the corridor on
the second floor, carrying some important documents
boss, when I came across the new applicants. I
but LOOK at them seated as I passed. There were
had the images of important personalities hovering
heads; these were the fellas with ‘connections’. A few
blue flames of pure academics lighting up their auras.
of them were spiritually drenched in alcohol, but most
dressed in false hope. They had come for this
had already convinced themselves that they wouldn’t
job because they didn’t have connections. In so doing
attracted failure to themselves. This was so because
those who couldn’t see could feel their hopelessness
invariably were repelled by it.
I was silently reminiscing on all of this when I saw her.
was bent, head down in her books, trying to gather a
points before she was called in. As I came closer she
up- and what I saw took my breath away. She had the
big brown eyes I had ever seen, sited evenly atop a
chiseled nose and lovely brown lips. Her hair was
braids and tied in a neat bundle at the side of her
looked, in every sense of the word, beautiful.
Then I looked and saw her wings. Magnificent. Purest
and fanned out perpetually behind her like a protective
And then there were heavy metal chains securely
wings in place. Her sins, you see. Most people had
were unique in that they were made of gold. And I
didn’t know why.
She caught me staring at her and blinked in
“What? Any problem?” She asked.
“Na..nothing.” I stuttered. ” You’ve got the biggest pair
wings I have ever seen.”
I swear, i didnt know when i said it. And it was after I
that I saw her boobs. Yeah, they were huge too.
The whole corridor went quiet, or at least I think it did.
stared at me, mouth open, a look of shock on her
was quickly followed by anger, especially as she
thought I was
looking at her chest.
“That’s not what you wanted to say abi? P—–t! Abeg
I felt like the ground should open and swallow me up.
I tried to
apologise but then the public address system system
Nina T. Please come in for your interview.
She got up, gave me the meanest look I had ever
stalked into the interview room. I was helpless. I tried
apologise one more time. She hissed and kept on
I thought I saw something like the flicker of a smile
she entered the office.
I turned and walked slowly to my boss’es office. I
the snickers and amazed looks of those who had
embarrassing dialogue. As I was about entering one of
cleaners brushed by me and whispered “Correct man!”
I spent the rest of the day hiding in my office. As I
up I saw that the candidates were still waiting for the
results. Nina stood, easily recognizable in the small
walked towards her, thought better of it and moved
the exit, thought again and went back to the corridor.
didn’t notice me until I was up close to her. She glared
once she recognised who I was.
“I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to be rude. And I wasn’t
about your…er…those, either” ( I saw her eyes go
thin-better not bring that topic up again). What i
wanted to say
was you have big eyes. I mean, not big in a bad way,
I mean not akpolo eyes but, but…”
I had made a mess of things again. I tried grinning in
helpless bid to save myself but that only seemed to
things worse. She hissed and looked away. I sighed
very still, not knowing whether to save what little
dignity I had
left and melt away or stand my ground. I ended up
there, waiting to see the results of my own impromptu
interview with this angel. Thirty minutes later the list
pasted and her name came out. She was ecstatic. She
celebrated her success with the few others that had
chosen. When it was time to leave she walked up to
“Listen oga, I don’t care what position you hold in this
company, you can’t start insulting me like that! Don’t
a sister? How dare you look at me like a piece of
“I wasn’t looking at you brea-sts!” I yelled angrily. She
step back in shock. I was angry but mostly at myself
messing things up. I tried to bring my voice down.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to embarrass you the way I
Honestly I didn’t notice , ah, never mind.
getting the job. I just wanted to let you know that I
That was why I waited. And since I’ve made a mess of
everything I might as well let you know you have
I walked away then, leaving her looking stunned. I
stairs and was about going down it when I heard her
“I’m Nina,” she said, smiling.
“Chuks” I replied, smiling too.
“You are weird, chuks.” She said, still smiling. “Weird
See you at work tomorrow?”
I thought: Armageddon wouldn’t keep me away. I said:
maybe, yeah, ok.”
She smiled again and went back to her friends. And
danced all the way home. Inwardly of course.
TO BE CONTINUED
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